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Holodesk lets users interact with holograms

Holodesk lets users interact with holograms

If you look at all the surface computing systems that Microsoft is working on it is easy to see what the folks there think the future of computing will be. Microsoft thinks the future will be touch interfaces and the ability to interact with virtual constructs with your own hands. The latest cool example of the future tech that Microsoft Research is working in has surfaced and it is called Holodesk.

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New cinema glasses breakthrough will let the deaf watch films with no subtitles

New cinema glasses breakthrough will let the deaf watch films with no subtitles

Those of us that can hear don't understand what it's like to not be able to hear at all or not be able to hear well. My grandfather used to have to turn the TV up as loud as it would go to hear what was being said. The rest of us couldn’t be in the same room when he watched. Many shows on TV today can be subtitled if the viewer needs, but few movies in the theater are subtitled.

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New sensor tech uses vibrations to charge its battery

New sensor tech uses vibrations to charge its battery

I have long said that one of the technologies with the most promise to change our world is battery tech. The batteries that last longer and charge faster are key elements to improve everything from smartphones to cars. A company called MicroGen Systems has been developing cool battery tech for small, low power sensors that generates power for its on-board battery by harnessing vibrations. These batteries are ideal for low power sensors like the ones in late model cars that power the TMPS system that monitors tire pressures.

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Near-space adventures coming via giant balloons?

Near-space adventures coming via giant balloons?

When I always dreamed about going into space, it was aboard a rocket, not a gigantic balloon. A company called zero2infinity founded by one José Mariano López-Urdiales has plans to take people on near-space trips as soon as mid-decade. The goal is to use a gigantic 400-foot diameter balloon to take people to 22-miles above the earth.

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Time Cloaking: Physicists create a hole in time

Time Cloaking: Physicists create a hole in time

Science is creating all sorts of awesome things today. Not long ago, I mentioned an acoustic cloak that hid the noise made by things like submarines from prying ears. There is also a lot of work on invisibility cloaks too that make things invisible to the naked eye. Physicists have now trumped the awesome of both invisibility cloaks and acoustic cloaks with the most awesome invention I have heard of in years.

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CERN Launches Open Source Hardware Project

CERN Launches Open Source Hardware Project

The folks who brought you the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the experiments therein are now working to bring you an OHR, aka an Open Hardware Repository for all the collaborative electronics design you could possibly handle. For those of you that don't know, CERN also has their very own Linux distribution based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux known as Scientific Linux CERN. It was the productivity of this project that inspired this newest effort, the group hoping now to bring this open source software development model to the hardware world.

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Nevada Legislation allows Google driverless cars to cruise state roads

Nevada Legislation allows Google driverless cars to cruise state roads

Google has its fingers into some many different projects that it can be very hard to keep track of them all. One of the oddest projects that Google has been into is the design and operation of cars that can drive themselves. Interestingly Google chose to use Prius and Audi TT's as their driverless fleet and not the obviously well qualified black 80's Trans Am. We have seen these driverless cars in action before, and to be honest they are a bit disconcerting to see in action.

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Martin Hopes to Release Jetpack by the end of This Year

Martin Hopes to Release Jetpack by the end of This Year

An inventor named Glenn Martin has been developing a jetpack since the 1980’s, and it looks like his work is about to pay off. Ever since the Wright brothers first flight, science fiction has been in love with the jet pack. Who wouldn’t want to arrive at work wearing a shiny contraption strapped on their back? Martin’s invention looks like it is about to bring the jetpack from science fiction into reality.

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Hoverbike Brings Return of the Jedi to Life

Hoverbike Brings Return of the Jedi to Life

Chris Malloy of Australia has developed a hoverbike that looks strikingly familiar. This is the first generation prototype that has some definite similarities to the science fiction floating cycles seen in the Lucas film. It is not currently in production, but Chris hopes to bring them to market in about a year. The bike is classified as an ultralite, so there is currently no need of a pilot’s license to operate one.

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